The University at Buffalo Division of Continuing and Professional Studies
offers the following certificate program...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
EN-TRE-PRE-NEUR(an tre pre nur) n. A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for business ventures.
The success of a small business is usually dependent upon the vision and energies of one individual. Because most small businesses have very limited resources, their owners must be versatile enough to perform all necessary business functions themselves, or else be adept in the use of consultants, such as accountants and lawyers. Above all, owners must have a well-considered plan, and be disciplined about directing their energies and resources toward advancing this plan.
Millard Fillmore College offers a program in entrepreneurship for persons interested in starting a small business or a new enterprise within an existing organization. The Certificate of Completion program emphasizes activities necessary for achieving success and ways of performing these activities with limited resources. It also examines personal characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and, thus, seeks to help students decide if they should become involved in establishing their own small business.
Courses in this program may be taken separately or the credit earned may be applied toward a degree. The Certificate of Completion may be awarded, upon written request, to those who have successfully completed (with a grade of "C" or better average) the following courses:
ENT330 (MFC330) Entrepreneurship and the Small Business - Examines the main characteristics of effective small business operations. Skills and characteristics of the successful entrepreneur; forms of ownership;location; and financing, and organization; supervision; and marketing.
ENT331 (MFC331) Financial Controls for Small Business - Examines basic accounting practices and tax issues, emphasizing applications for small business. Purpose, design, and use of various financial documents; costs and inventory controls; creation and use of financial statements; tax liability and consequences; forms of revenue, costs, depreciation, and investments; daily operations; and tax planning.
ENT335 (MFC335) The Small Business Plan and Sources of Capital - Components of a business plan for launching or expanding small businesses. Communicate a detailed description of the entrepreneurial idea, develop methodologies used in strategic planning, locate and evaluate various types of capital sources for financing a small business (e.g., bank financing, investors, agency financing, and customer/employee financing), and construct a formal business plan.
ENT338 (MFC338) Marketing Strategies - Learn the fundamentals of developing an effective marketing plan, profile your target market, analyze your competition, differentiate and position your product/service, understand the market's decision-making process, develop effective distribution and communication strategies, and understand buyer behavior and how to improve sales performance.
Academic Credit or Noncredit
MFC courses are offered for university academic credit and may be applied as electives to meet degree requiements. Certifiates will be awarded to students who complete all required courses with a combined grade average of "C" or better. Entrepreneurship Certificate courses are also available as noncredit courses to those individuals not interested in earning academic credit but wish to earn a Certiifcate of Completion from the University at Buffalo. Noncredit courses are designated with the course prefix of ENT.
Students registering for credit or noncredit courses declare their intent to earn academic credit or fore-go academic credit through the registration process. Students may not change their enrollment status after class begins.
Registration procedures and schedule of classes
Credit: (MFC courses only) Students must follow these steps: 1) Fill-in Information and submit Non Matriculated Student Data Form on-line; 2) Complete and submit Exception Registration Form. You will be notified within 24 hours by email to confirm your registration. Please be sure to check your email for confirmation of your registration. You are not required to pay tuition and fees at this time. You will be billed later in the term.
Noncredit: (ENT courses) Registration and payment... go to the following link and select your choices of courses in (click here). Please have your credit card available to complete the registration process on-line. We accept the following credit cards:
Tuition, fees and refund policies
Credit: All students registering for academic credit will pay the current UB tuition rate of $207 per credit hour + fees. Fees will vary depending on your enrollment status with UB. New students enrolled in ONLY MFC courses will pay the MFC student fees (part-time or full-time) as listed on the following page (click here). All students are bound by UB policies and regulations as described at the following website (click here). Students registering for MFC credit courses will be billed rather than having to pay at the time of registration.
Noncredit: Course fees are listed with each course found in noncredit course schedule. Students registered for noncredit courses may receive a full refund if our office is notified in writing prior to the first day of class. Noncredit course fees will not be refunded starting with the first day of class.